A programme proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure better coordination between the central government and BJP has lost steam seven months after its launch, with ministers skipping the events, sources said on Thursday.
Under “Sahyog”, union ministers — with certain exceptions — were expected to take turns to visit the BJP’s Ashoka Road headquarters and address the grievances of the common people.
Modi suggested the plan during his interaction with party office bearers in July last year and the event was formally launched the same month.
But, sources say, the much-publicised initiative is fizzling out with ministers not showing up, the number of visitors registering a sharp fall and the problem- solving mechanism not yielding results.
While law minister DV Sadananda Gowda failed to turn up on Wednesday as he had to fly to Bengaluru for the aero show, minister of state for home Kiran Rijiju missed the next day’s session because he was preparing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Arunachal Pradesh.
“We requested Kalraj Mishra, the minister for micro, small and medium enterprises, to fill in for Rijiju,” said BJP leader Nawin Sinha, the coordinator for the programme. “We will have petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday.”
Senior BJP leaders said on condition of anonymity that the event has not taken off as expected.
“On the day it was launched, about 300 people visited the party headquarters. The number is not more than 50 today,” a party office bearer told HT.
But, Sinha said the programme was not a flop.
“We get good crowds on the day the railway minister, HRD minister, or health minister visit the office. Most of the problems relate to their ministries,” he said.